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Women’s History Month is a worldwide event that celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of women in history and our contemporary society. Maryland’s representative Barbara Mikulski was one of the co-sponsors for the resolution to proclaim the first Women’s History Week in 1981. It was so well received that Congress expanded it to a full month in 1987. This year’s theme is Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

The 2013 list of honorees recognizing women for their contributions includes an educator from Maryland. Marlyn Barrett is the coordinator of science instruction for Worcester County Public Schools. She provides teacher training that ultimately impacts students and prepares them for a future career in science.

While there are many others on the national list of honorees, there are residents in Springwell who have made contributions worth noting. Loretta Herbick, one of the more recent arrivals to Springwell, is a perfect model for this year’s theme of women in science. She spent over 38 years as a public school teacher. Her favorite subject and the one that she taught most frequently was science. She enjoyed challenging her students to learn about the environment and take care of it. She received numerous grants through the Chesapeake Bay Foundation that allowed her to take students out on the bay for the day for some first-hand experiences.

Bonnie Behner’s love of science took her into the field of biology. She was a microbiologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Bonnie served as the head of the bacteriology department in the Harriet Lane Home Pediatric Department.

Cindy Jones, did not go into science, but she certainly was an ‘inspiring innovator.’ Cindy owned and operated her own company—an award winning advertising agency. She had many clients who she helped throughout the years as she managed their marketing and communications. If you have ever talked to Cindy, you know that she is just the person for